Founding Year: 1973

Staff: 50

Budget: $5.5m (2016)

Andy Lipkis (Founder, President)

A non-profit born from the efforts of a 15-year-old boy that aims to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable. They run a major volunteer program in LA where trees are planted and cared, rain is harvested, and depleted landscapes are addressed. Encourages the growth of a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. Works with volunteer leaders using its Citizen Forester model and influences government agencies.


  • The Greater LA Water Collaborative – Runs the StormCatcher Project (#LAStormCatcher) that has retrofitted pilot homes with large tanks (cisterns) and rain gardens to demonstrate how Angelenos can secure a climate-resilient future by capturing storm water at home. The cisterns are equipped with cloud-based monitoring and controls to optimize system performance in real time to recharge local water supply, reduce polluted runoff and avert flood risk.
  • Education – Offers resources to schools and educational institutions
  • Forestry – runs the California Emergency Fire Recovery Fund, the Forest Aid campaign, the Mountain Forestry and Urban Forestry projects
  • Policy & Research – works with all levels of government to create progressive laws, policies and incentives.


  • A library of reports, plans and books
  • Resources like maps, research, policy papers, brochures and info material for schools, activists, press, etc.


TreePeople contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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